Football in Guatemala
As in the rest of Central America, football is the most popular sport in Guatemala too. The biggest competition to have been organised in Guatemala so far was the FIFA Futsal World Championship. Otherwise the association has not yet managed to qualify for the final round of a FIFA competition. Few Guatemalan players have made it to foreign shores. Carlos Ruiz and Freddy Garcia (both playing in Mexico) and Guillermo Ramirez (in Spain) are two exceptions to the rule. Ruiz is the idol of young Guatemalan football fans. In his very first season playing for Major League Soccer in the USA, he was voted the Most Valuable Player.
Second Goal project
The Guatemala football association's second Goal project consists of two parts. Firstly, the association's previous Goal project - a national technical centre in Guatemala City - will be upgraded to incorporate dressing rooms, storerooms and a medical centre, and the pitch at the centre will be extended. Secondly, work will be done on the pitches at the regional training centre in Quetzaltenango in the nation's highlands.Women's football teams will be the main beneficiaries of the improvement in infrastructure. The Goal Bureau approved the project on 4 February 2008; the work will last approximately one year.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Improvements to the technical centre in Guatemala City and to the regional training centre in Quetzaltenango
Project approved
4 February 2008
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 Total cost USD 400,000